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Borrowing and Fees

Checkouts

Your smartphone = your library card. Install a loyalty card app to your phone or mobile device and add your library card. The library suggests you try using either of the two apps below; each let you store multiple cards:

Other options that work for storing your card on your phone include:

Left all copies of your card at home? We allow a one-time checkout with your driver’s license. Staff can also hold the items aside so you for 24 hours.


Renewing Items

Items must be renewed on time to avoid being assessed fees. Items that cannot be renewed for any reason must still be returned on time to avoid being assessed fees.

If your account is blocked because of fees you may still be able to renew, but you will need to speak with a Circulation staff member for assistance. Call 732-873-8700, and select option 2.

Online Renewals

You can use the My Account section of our online catalog to maintain your library account from home or on the go.

In order to access your account you need your Library Card number and PIN. If you do not know your PIN you can contact the library’s Circulation Desk at 732-873-8700 option 2.

  1. Log in to your account with your 14-digit library card number (no spaces) and PIN using the My Account link above or by visiting the library catalog.
  2. Under the Checkouts tab, select the items you wish to renew.
  3. Click the Renew button.
  4. Wait for the result screen, and look for your item(s) new due date. If an item still shows the original due date it means the item WAS NOT renewed. For further details on why an item might not have been renewed please see Renewal Limits above.

Additional Assistance

If you need help with renewing your items during regular hours call 732-873-8700, and select option 2. While the library is closed please feel free to reach out via or chat service or contact form.


Holds

  1. Search our catalog. Select “Place Hold.”
  2. Enter your Library Card Number and PIN if prompted.
  3. You will see a dropdown to “Select Pickup Library.”
  4. Select the branch where you would like to pick up your item.
  5. Click the “Place Hold(s)” button.
  6. You will receive a notification when your hold is read.

If you need assistance placing holds please contact the library by calling us at 732-873-8700 option 2, using our online contact form, or using the chat service.

Expired Hold Fee

Please be advised that the library charges a $1.00 fee for any available hold that that is not picked up by the patron who requested it. This fee allows the library to move the hold’s list along more quickly for all patrons who are waiting. Patrons will not be charged for any unfilled holds or holds that are canceled before the pickup expiration date. Patrons can cancel their holds online using MY ACCOUNT or Bookmyne. Help is also available if you call 732-873-8700, option 2.


Holds FAQ

No longer need that item you placed on hold?

You can cancel a hold any time before the pickup expiration date. Manage your account online using MY ACCOUNT or Bookmyne. Help is also available if you call 732-873-8700, option 2.

Still want the hold but need an extra day to come in?

Call the Circulation Desk to request an extension of the pickup date at 732-873-8700, option 2.

Going away on vacation buy don’t want to miss a hold that comes in? Or you just don’t want too many holds coming in at once?

Suspend your hold request! Your place will be frozen in the hold’s queue until you are ready. You can suspend a hold request online using the MY ACCOUNT. Help is also available if you call 732-873-8700, option 2.

Need an item for a specific date?

Just set your hold request to expire automatically if it does not arrive in time. You can set an expiration date when you place the hold request. Help is also available if you call 732-873-8700, option 2. You will not be charged an expired hold fee if the hold is not filled by your specified date.


Returning Items

Book/Media Drops

Items can be returned directly to the Circulation Desk or in our outside book/media drop boxes.

Items left in any of the book/media drops will remain on your record until they are checked in. This may take several hours. If you need an item to be immediately cleared, you must wait in line for a staff member to assist you.

Items left in the outside book/media drop will be checked in according to the last date the library was open.   (For example, items placed in the book drop Friday may not clear from your record until Sunday if we are closed Saturday, but the check in will be back-dated to Friday.) Museum Passes must be

Lost or Damaged Materials

All media materials are counted before being checked out or back in. If material is returned missing or replaced with non-library materials, you may be billed for replacement costs.

If patrons lose or damage library materials beyond repair they must pay the full replacement cost. For most materials, this amount will reflect the original retail value.  Patrons may keep damaged materials once payment is made.

Lost materials may be eligible for a full refund (minus applicable late fees) if they are found within six months of payment and are in good condition. Refunds cannot be issued for materials that are returned damaged.


Borrowing Limits & Fees

Material TypeLoan Period (Days)Renewals*Max. NumberLate FeeMax. Fee
Book Club Kits**4201$2.00$50.00
Children’s Books & Magazines212No Limit$00.10$6.00
Children’s Media212No Limit$00.20$6.00
Current Issues of Magazines and NewspapersIn library us only.
Entertainment Videos (New)***201$1.50$10.00
Entertainment Videos (all other)***7103$1.00$10.00
Inter-Library Loans1403$1.00$50.00
Kindle e-readers****1411$2.00$50.00
Magazines (back issues)21 days2No limit$0.20$3.00
Museum Passes**See museum pass policies
New Arrivals142No limit$0.20$10.00
Adult Reference– Circulating (pink labels)301$2.00$50.00
All other Reference1, Upon ApprovalUpon ApprovalUpon Approval$0.20/hour$50.00
Township Meeting DVDs301$2.00$50.00
All Other Collections212No limit$0.20$10.00

* Items cannot be renewed if they are on hold for another patron.  Items must be renewed or returned on time to avoid fees. 
** Book-Club Kits, Kindles and Museum passes can only be borrowed by resident or paid Franklin Twp. cardholders.
*** Non-Video Club members can rent new videos for $1.50 and older videos for $1.00
**** Must be 18+ years old to borrow.